I may loathe Secret Garden despite it starring two of my all-time fave actors as the leads, but I acknowledge how wildly popular it was all around Asia. China has been planning to do a remake for the last year, and the planning stages dragged on as the project went from a drama to a movie. Now it’s definitely happening since the cast was introduced yesterday to the media at the filming launch ceremony. Wallace Chung, who is currently hotcakes due to his inexplicably ridiculous turn as Fu Hong Xue in The Magic Blade which aired recently to unbelievably high ratings, takes on the role Hyun Bin made famous as the hotel president with personality and boundary issues. Songstress Tan Wei Wei, who is a relative newbie to acting, parlays her already short locks to tackle Ha Ji Won‘s character as the stunt woman who is outwardly kickass but inwardly passive. I smell a hot mess from thousands of mile away, and I don’t even have a scratch and sniff computer monitor.
Wallace has expressed confidence that he can take a role made so memorable by Hyun Bin and do it justice. I dunno what to think, I’m so numb right now I could say it doesn’t matter, the role of Kim Joo Won needs to be buried six-feet under and never resurrected is my opinion but what I do know. Some women might like men who refuse to take no for an answer, has respect and space issues, and comes equipped with a lifetime’s worth of shrink-ready traumas. Tan Wei Wei is an unknown for me since I’ve only heard her sing. But she looks suitably androgynous, though if my beloved Ha Ji Won can’t sell Gil Ra Im to me, I doubt anyone else can either. Sigh, what did I say about SG being the zombie that just won’t die. Each time I thwack it with my shovel, it keeps coming right back lurching towards me, screaming for me to accept all its shortcomings and embrace its thoroughly repugnant concepts of love with a side of “no means yes” accompanied by fantasy underpinnings that refuses to adhere to its own self-constructed mythology. At least this time the C-version of SG is just 2 hours long as opposed to 20 hours.